“When I am working with one of our members who first getting into the game, that is the one of the first important tips I stress. It is a major, pivotal key to a successful golf game no matter what your handicap is or club you are using.”
For beginners getting the ball airborne is usually one of the first objectives. To accomplish this there are many factors involved but one of the basics that must be understood is that the lower body initiates the forward motion and that good lower bodywork helps the player hit down on the ball. This is especially true for good solid iron play.
If you want to improve your iron play, begin with your lower body, especially because the proper swing starts for the ground up.
Here’s the correct sequence of lower-body motion essential to hitting down on the ball: (1) On the forward swing, your lower body should shift slightly forward as your weight transfers from your right foot to your left big toe. (2) That little bit of lateral movement helps you swing your club from the inside. (3) As your hips continue to turn, your weight transfers as well, shifting across the outside of your left foot and into your left heel. That’s where you want it at impact so you can hit down and through the shot.
Most high-handicappers struggle getting the ball airborne and really do not understand the correct sequence of the lower body on the forward swing. Some hang back on their right side that most often results in hitting behind the ball or topped shots. Others fall back on their heels or move the weight forward towards the toes that can produce a wicked slice or vicious hook.
So just remember, if you want to improve your iron play, work on using your lower body properly.
“One of the exciting part of being the director of golf,” says Deibel, “is being able to work with golfers at all levels, especially during the holiday seasons when my members entertain their children and grandchildren. We offer many special clinics during that time of year.”